The Miltona Tigers were rewarded for being the most consistent team in the Resorters East when they wrapped up the division title with two more wins over the weekend.
The Tigers made it look easy as they took down Urbank 10-2 on Sunday after beating Osakis 9-2 on Saturday. The two wins gave them an 11-1 record in the regular season and wrapped up the top seed in the Resorters East playoffs, which start this weekend.
Caleb Curry, Cody Curry and Mark Whiting led a potent Miltona offense to a win in the regular season finale against the Bombers. They each had three hits, while Ryan Emter and Jake Leuschke added two hits apiece.
The Tigers used the game as an opportunity to get some work in for five different pitchers. Colin Erickson, Caleb Curry, Trey Thompson, Leuschke and Cody Curry all took the mound as they combined for 11 strikeouts on the day.
Chris Koep took the ball and did what he has done all summer in leading his team to a win on Saturday. Koep threw the first five innings and gave up just one run, while striking out five.
The two teams had to play through a scare in the top of the fifth inning. The bases were loaded with two outs for Miltona when a fly ball was sent to shallow center field. Two Osakis outfielders came in on the ball and collided as they tried to make the catch.
An ambulance had to be called as the Osakis centerfielder was taken to the hospital to get checked out before being released. Both players were sore but recovering the next day. Despite the concerns of everyone at the field, Osakis chose to finish the game.
“No one at the game would have faulted the visitors if they would have wanted to just call it a day,” Miltona manager Paul Walsh said. “Amazingly, the younger brothers of the two injured players came off the bench to finish the game for the Hawks. Miltona fans, players and coaches would like to give a tip of the cap to the Osakis ball team for competing under such tough circumstances.”
John Mohror relieved Koep after the fifth and helped Miltona hold the lead after the delay. He threw the final four innings, matching the Tigers’ starter by allowing one run and striking out five.
Tyler Erickson had a big day at the plate to lead Miltona’s offense. He hit a solo home run in the second that was part of a three-hit day. Leuschke and Justin Walsh also had two hits apiece.
Miltona will now set its sights on another title as it opens the East Division playoffs this weekend. The Tigers got a bye in the opening round and will play either fourth-seeded Urbank or fifth-seeded Long Prairie. The winner of that game will come to Bernie Steidl Field this Sunday for a 2 p.m. first pitch.